Yu Suzuki

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Yu Suzuki (鈴木 裕 Suzuki Yū, born June 10, 1958) is a Japanese game designer, director and producer who helmed Sega's AM2 team for 18 years.

He has been responsible for the creation of Sega's biggest global arcade hits, including pseudo-3D sprite-scaling games such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner, and pioneering polygonal 3D games such as Virtua Racing and Virtua Fighter, which are credited with popularizing 3D graphics in video games, as well as the critically acclaimed Shenmue series of open world adventure games. As a hardware engineer, he led the development of various arcade system boards, including the Sega Space Harrier, Model 1, 2, and 3, and was involved in the development of the Dreamcast console and its corresponding NAOMI arcade hardware.

In 2003, Suzuki became the sixth person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame. IGN listed him at #9 in their Top 100 Game Creators of All Time list. In 2011, he received the Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards.